No divided loyalties for keeper

IPSWICH Town number one David Stockdale has made no secret of the fact that he wants today’s opponents Leeds United to achieve promotion at the end of the season.

But the impressive keeper is adamant his beloved Leeds can only finish second in the Championship – and behind the Super Blues.

The 25-year-old, signed on a season-long loan from Premier League Fulham, has quickly impressed everyone with his ability despite Town conceding a horrendous 12 goals in two games.

Today he will be facing a Leeds side on the up and with a large number of his family willing an away victory at Portman Road.

But while it might be a case of divided loyalties for some of the Stockdale family, nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to Ipswich’s imposing custodian.

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Stockdale said: “I’m a Leeds boy and I always look at them to do well. I remember trying to climb over a fence to see Leeds with one Lee Bowyer there. So it was nice to come to a club like Ipswich and play with him.

“And for me, it is three points for Ipswich and at the end of the season it’s Ipswich champions and Leeds second with automatic promotion.”

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Ironically, Stockdale could have turning out for his boyhood club against the Blues today but it is believed Leeds were unwilling to sanction the 24-release clause that Town boss Paul Jewell reluctantly accepted.

Stockdale admitted: “As soon as it got out about Leeds, Ipswich came in and it was an easy choice. I would have loved to have gone there but it didn’t happen. I came to Ipswich and I’m happy with my choice.”

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